September 28 - The magazine’s fourth annual Minor League All-Star Team consists of 25 players hailing from Northern Virginia.
The team includes five players who also appeared in the Major Leagues, Justin Bour, Jarrett Parker, Ryan McBroom, Taylor Clarke and Josh Sborz. Utility man Brandon Snyder played eight of nine defensive positions - he made seven relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno - and was one of just 22 minor leagues to reach the 30-homer mark, and Khalil Lee ranked second in the minors with 52 stolen bases.
Here are this year’s selections:
Catcher: Logan Driscoll, Tri-City (Single-A) - After becoming the highest-ever draft pick out of George Mason when he was taken by San Diego in the second round in June, the Lake Braddock grad hit .268 with a .340 on-base percentage, 19 extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 39 games for the Padres’ short-season Single-A club. He threw out six of 16 would-be base stealers and also played a number of games in the outfield.
First Base: Ryan McBroom, Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Triple-A) - The Cortland graduate hit .315 with a .402 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 26 home runs and 66 RBI for the RailRiders before being traded by the New York Yankees to Kansas City. He was immediately added to the Royals’ roster and entered today hitting .296 in 71 at-bats and could be a long-term option at first base for the rebuilding club.
Second Base: Kevin Lachance, Hilsboro (Single-A) - The Centreville graduate played in 46 games for five teams, starting the year in the independent American Association before having his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks. A 10th round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, he hit .237 with a .371 on-base percentage, 11 extra-base hits and 23 RBI while playing at the independent, rookie, Single-A and Triple-A levels.
Shortstop: Alfredo Rodriguez, Somerset (Independent) - The Oakton graduate hit .267 with a .353 on-base percentage, four homers, 48 RBI and 20 steals in 131 games with the Atlantic League club. He earned a second consecutive league All-Star Game appearance and finished among the top 20 in the league in hits (125) and doubles (26).
Third Base: Joe Rizzo, Modesto (High-A) - The 2016 second-round pick of Seattle had his best professional season, as the Oakton grad hit .295 with a .354 on-base percentage, 30 doubles, 10 homers and 63 RBI in 129 games for the California League affiliate. He’s currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, where some of baseball’s top prospects are invited to play each year.
Outfield: Khalil Lee, Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) - The Flint Hill graduate, a 2016 third-round pick by Kansas City, hit .264 with a .363 on-base percentage, 74 runs, 32 extra-base hits, 51 RBI and he ranked second among all minor leaguers with 52 stolen bases. The Royals’ No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, Lee will be playing this offseason with Indios de Mayagüez of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Outfield: Jarrett Parker, Salt Lake (Triple-A) - After missing the 2018 season while recovering from a broken collarbone, the Colonial Forge grad hit .266 with a .394 on-base percentage, 24 homers and 75 RBI in 96 games with the Los Angeles Angels’ Pacific League affiliate. Had a brief five-game stint with the Angels, the fourth season he’s appeared in the Major Leagues.
Outfield: Brenton Doyle, Grand Junction (Rookie) - A fourth round pick by Colorado in June, the Kettle Run graduate and two-time Division II All-American at Shepherd ripped through Pioneer League pitching over his 51 games. Doyle hit .383 with a .477 on-base percentage, eight homers, 33 RBI and 17 steals, and 22 of his 69 hits went for extra bases.
Designated Hitter: Justin Bour, Salt Lake (Triple-A) - While the Westfield grad struggled in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels, he wielded a big bat for the organization’s Pacific Coast League affiliate. The slugger hit .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 17 homers and 43 RBI in 49 games at Salt Lake.
Utility: Brandon Snyder, Fresno (Triple-A) - In his 15th professional season, the Westfield graduate hit .257 with 31 home runs and 80 RBI in 116 games, playing eight of nine positions for Washington’s Pacific League affiliate. He was one of just 22 minor leaguers to reach the 30-homer plateau this year and now has 178 career round-trippers in the minors. Also made seven relief appearances, compiling a 4.00 ERA with six strikeouts in nine innings.
Reserves: Logan Farrar, OF, Beloit (Single-A); Steven Kraft, OF, Lake Erie (Independent); Jett Manning, SS, San Jose (High-A) … Notes: Farrar hooked on with Lake Erie of the Frontier League after his release by Oakland, hitting a combined .242 with 22 extra-base hits and 36 RBI in 92 games … After being released by Pittsburgh in spring training, Kraft hooked on with the Frontier League club and hit .293 with a .394 on-base percentage, 25 extra-base hits, 39 RBI and 25 steals in 86 games … Manning hit .230 with a .310 on-base percentage in 113 at-bats with two San Francisco Giants affiliates.
Starting Pitcher: Alec Bettinger, Biloxi (Double-A) - The C.D. Hylton grad had his best pro campaign, posting a 5-7 record with a 3.44 ERA and 157 strikeouts to just 35 walks in 146.1 innings. Pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Southern League affiliate, the 2017 10th-round pick reached double-digit strikeout totals three times and went at least six innings in 16 of his 26 starts, including in each of his final seven.
Other Starting Pitchers: J.B. Bukauskas, Corpus Christi (Double-A); Taylor Clarke, Reno (Triple-A); Jake Kalish, Omaha (Triple-A); Zach Mort, South Bend (Single-A) … Notes: Bukauskas (Stone Bridge) recorded 109 strikeouts in 92.2 innings, the majority with Houston’s Texas League affiliate before the Astros dealt their 2017 first-round pick to Arizona in the Zack Greinke trade … Clarke (Broad Run) won four of his five minor league decisions before the Diamondbacks called him up, and he spent the majority of the season in the Majors … Kalish, a late-round pick by the Royals out of George Mason in 2015, won eight games for Kansas City’s Pacific Coast League affiliate … Mort was 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 106.1 innings, the majority while with the Chicago Cubs’ Midwest League club.
Relief Pitchers: Andre Scrubb, Tulsa (Double-A); Tommy Doyle, Lancaster (High-A); Billy Lescher, Lakeland (High-A); Devon Perez, Kannapolis (High-A); Josh Sborz, Oklahoma City (Triple-A); Kevin Kelly, AZL Indians (Rookie); Tyler Zombro, Montgomery (Double-A) … Notes: Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) compiled 2.78 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 64.2 innings over 41 appearances, the majority spent with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Texas League club before they traded him to Houston … Doyle (Flint Hill) posted a 3.25 ERA with 19 saves, compiling 48 strikeouts in 36 innings for Colorado’s California League affiliate … Lescher (West Potomac) had a 2.91 ERA with four saves and 71 strikeouts to 17 walks in 65 innings in Detroit’s farm system … Perez (Stone Bridge) had a 3.20 ERA with three saves and 55 strikeouts in 56.1 innings for the Chicago White Sox’ South Atlantic League affiliate … Sborz (McLean) had a 4.68 ERA with 68 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 50 innings, and has made seven relief appearances for the Dodgers … Kelly (Paul VI Catholic) compiled a 2.08 ERA and 25 strikeouts to only two walks in 17.1 innings with Cleveland’s Arizona League club … Zombro, who was undrafted out of George Mason in 2017, was lights out in Tampa Bay’s farm system while posting a 2.29 ERA with 11 saves in 41 relief outings.
Note: Club listed for players denote the team they spent the majority of the season with.
Photos of, clockwise from top left, Khalil Lee, Joe Rizzo, Andre Scrubb, Alec Bettinger, Tommy Doyle, Ryan McBroom, Brandon Snyder and Jarrett Parker.